In August 2020, IO Interactive stated forward of the beginning of Hitman 3 preorders that gamers will be capable to import their development and unlocks from Hitman 2, in addition to places from the earlier two video games, at no further cost. “We wish to make it a seamless course of for our PC gamers to get pleasure from Hitman 3 on a unique PC platform and proceed to get pleasure from the advantages of our World of Assassination,” the studio promised.
The assertion appeared meant as a reassurance that making Hitman 3 unique to the Epic Video games Retailer—which doesn’t carry Hitman 2—wouldn’t be an issue for gamers who need proceed their careers as high-flying assassins organically, from one sport to the subsequent. At this time, nonetheless, IO modified course on all that, saying in a pre-launch information that Hitman 2 places will solely be obtainable to PC gamers who buy a separate entry pack.
Development will carry over as anticipated, though it should be finished by means of a separate web site that may go stay someday earlier than Hitman 3 releases. “After finishing the carryover course of, Hitman 2 gamers will be capable to begin Hitman 3 with their current participant profile, XP rank, location mastery ranges, location mastery unlocks, problem progress, problem unlocks and Elusive Goal fits/unlocks,” the information says. “All of these issues are what we name ‘development’. It’s not attainable to select and select components to carryover. It’s all or nothing.”
There are some restrictions: You’ll be able to solely import progress from Hitman 2, though development by means of the Legacy Pack, which places Hitman 1 places in Hitman 2, can even rely, and imports will solely work inside platforms—that’s, PC to PC, Xbox to Xbox, and PlayStation to PlayStation. The carryover course of is a one-shot deal, and for those who begin a Hitman 3 marketing campaign after which switch your progress later, any progress earned in that preliminary marketing campaign shall be wiped. All in all, it is pretty simple.
Precise places from earlier video games are a unique matter, nonetheless. Content material from the primary two video games shall be launched as Entry Cross DLC for Hitman 3, obtainable for separate buy, or without spending a dime “when you have already bought that content material from the identical retailer that you’ve pre-ordered or bought Hitman 3.”
The “identical retailer” situation is the place the issue lies. Anybody who preorders Hitman 3 on the Epic Retailer, or purchases it inside the first ten days of launch, will get the Hitman 1 Sport of the Yr Entry Cross at no further cost. And for those who already personal Hitman: The Full First Season on EGS, you will additionally be capable to seize the go without spending a dime no matter while you purchase Hitman 3.
As a result of Hitman 2 is not supplied on the market on the Epic Retailer, nonetheless—and regardless of IO’s earlier commitments—that Entry Cross is not going to be free for PC gamers.
“We’ve finished every thing attainable to make this course of easy and player-friendly,” the studio wrote. “Nevertheless, because of numerous circumstances out of our management, we wish to acknowledge that the method is completely different to our preliminary plans for PC gamers.”
The issue seems to stem from the method Hitman 3 makes use of to find out who’s eligible without spending a dime Entry Passes, which entails detecting what Hitman 2 content material you may have put in after which making the corresponding go obtainable without spending a dime. The absence of the sport on the Epic Retailer implies that course of is not attainable, so Hitman 3 gamers who need entry to Hitman 2 content material should purchase the Entry Cross individually.
To compensate, IO Interactive is providing the Hitman 2 Normal and Gold Entry Passes (the Gold Entry Cross consists of the New York and Haven island places plus bonus Sniper Murderer maps and Particular Assignments) for 80 % off for the primary 14 days of Hitman 3’s launch. Costs for the Entry Passes haven’t but been introduced.
The response to the last-minute change in plan has not gone over effectively. Threads on Reddit and Resetera are full of sad feedback, and replies to the launch-day countdown on Twitter are additionally about what you’d count on.
I’ve refunded the sport. I am not rebuying Hitman 2 after I already purchased the most costly model of it when it got here out.January 15, 2021
Simply bought my refund. Thanks for screwing over your loyal PC participant base.January 15, 2021
I’ve reached out to IO Interactive for extra info on the sudden change and Entry Cross pricing, and can replace if I obtain a reply.